Valve clearance check/adjust without changing/draining oil

Discussion in 'Dakar champion (950/990)' started by rehto, Nov 16, 2019.

  1. rehto

    rehto Adventurer

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    Is this magic possible? I see on some tutorials that you just need to move oil tank to get enough clearance but removal is not necessary.
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  2. tomdubz

    tomdubz getting there Supporter

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    You don't need to move the oil tank - just the radiator.
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  3. BigBikeMike

    BigBikeMike Adventurer Super Supporter

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    I've done it. And even moved the oil tank. You can just flex it out of the way.
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  4. braaap!

    braaap! Long timer Supporter

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    likewise... My people are gonna contact you about your avatar... ;)
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  5. Steve27

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    Tanks off, carbs off (cables can be left on, tie wrap carbs to handlebars out of way, place clean cloth in intakes), airbox off, drain coolant and remove rad (quick to do and keeps it out of harms way, reuse coolant/replace as required. Oil tank is just unbolted and left loose. Unplug and remove stick coils and plugs, cover plug holes. Remove valve covers. Set to tdc on rear cyl with cams in correct position, lock crank (make tool from bolt or threaded rod). Do not remove cams without locking crank first. Take note of dot or cross positions on cam gears (careful - there are two on each cam!). Sort clearances. Repeat for front cyl. Best to have box of shims to hand before starting if you want job done same day.
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